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24 February 2012, 02:19 pm
Battle For Top Places At 15th Asian Sailing Championships
Oman and Hong Kong Hobie 16 sailors prior to launch.
Oman and Hong Kong Hobie 16 sailors prior to launch.

15th Asian Sailing Championships
Langkawi, Malaysia

With one day of racing ahead, competition at the 15th Asian Sailing Championships is heading into the battle for the top competitors in the fleets jockeying for one of the top three positions in the last race. In light and shifty breezes, the 13 classes completed the two more races to stay ahead of schedule for final day of racing.
Results going into the final race are as follows:

Optimist (Boys)
Model of consistency Koh Yi Kun (SIN) continues to hog the limelight of the Optimist (Boys) with Li Shuang (CHN) in second place and Sarawut Phetsiri (THA) in third place. The battle for the Gold medal will stay on till the last race as the top competitors are separated by a very small point margin.

Optimist (Girls)
Chaninat Poolsirikot (THA) has stamped her mark with a consistent display of excellence, with a gap of some 18 points to Lu Weiyi (CHN) in second spot. Phua Shynee (SIN) is now in sole possession of third spot.

Laser 4.7 (Open)
The tight fleet of Laser 4.7 has a reversal of fortune with Muhammad Farhan Bin Hamid (MAS) relinquishing his lead to Ahmad Latif Khan Bin Ali Sabri Khan (MAS). Allison Maher (INA) is now in third place after a good day of racing which has seen many changes on the board.

420 (Boys)
The 420 boys are led by Darren Choy Wong Loong and Nathan Tang En Ci (SIN) with Andrew Tang En Ham and Jeremiah Yeo (SIN) in second in a closely fought fleet With Kim Kyoung Duk and Kang Ji Won (KOR) and Sittisart Ponpan and Peerapol Wisaka (THA) now fighting for the third podium position in an ever changing fleet.

420 (Girls)
The girls are led by Kimberly Lim Min / Savannah Siew Kiah Hui (SIN) with Natasha Michiko Yokoyama / Lee Shu Xian (SIN) in second and Nagisa Mawatari / Tsumugi Shintani (JPN) in third. This fleet is in another close battle for medal positions with no change today.

29er (Open)
In a change of fortune for the 2010 Optimist World Champion Noppakao Poonpat and Dylan Whitcraft (THA), Grelon Cosmas / Bradley Nathan (HKG) have taken a narrow lead going into the final race with Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa / Varun Ashok Thakkar (IND) in a comfortable third spot.

470 (Men)
The Men's 470 is again led by Ku Anas Bin Ku Zamil and Mohammd Ahafizzudin Bin Mazelan (MAS). Wang Weidong and Deng Daokun (CHN) have been overhauled by Navee Thansoontorn and Nut Butmarasri (THA) to a third position after an excellent day by the Thai boat, however the margin between the second and third spot is very small and anything can happen in the final race.

470 (Women)
The women are led by Wei Mengxi / He Xinyan (CHN) in a dominant performance with Khairunnisa Bt Mohd Afendy / Nurasyikin Bt Mohd Sayed (MAS) in second and Li Shuli / Chen Yuanfang (CHN) in a fleet that has not changed its positions after today's racing.

Laser (Standard)
The Lasers are led by Keerati Bualong (THA). Khairulnizam Bin Mohd Afendy (MAS) continues his battle with Zhou Jinfu (CHN) for second place and has been able to widen the points margin. This fleet has shown no change today.

Laser (Radial)
In a good showing for the host country, Nur Amirah Bt Hamid (MAS) is leading Nagisa Sakai (HKG) from Germaine Teo Wei Yin (SIN) with the positions well established.

RS:X (Men)
Chinese sailors continue to dominate the boards, With Huang Yikai (CHN) and Chen Guoxing (CHN) leading from Kim Hyung Kwon (KOR) in a seemingly closed battle for the medals.

RS: X (Women)
The RSX women are led by Wu Jiahui (CHN) with a small margin to Lo Sin Lam Sonia (HKG) and Chau Kin Ching Lydia (HKG) in the medal stakes.

Mistral (Men)
The Mistral men fleet is led by Ma Yik Kau (HKG). Second placed Seo Dong Woo (KOR) is closely followed by Kong Ching Lam (HKG).

Mistral (Women)
The Mistral women fleet is led by Wang Shuijia (CHN) with very consistent sailing. Ma ka him (HKG) is in the second spot with Law Chin Yin (HKG) very close behind in the third place.

Hobie 16
Another dominant performance the Hobies are led by Damrongsak Vongtim / Kitsada Vongtim (THA) with Tong Yui Shing / Tong Kit Fong (HKG) in second and Musaab Al-Hadi / Ahmed Al-Balushi (OMA) in third.

Match Racing

After some exciting sailing in the Match Racing final today Malaysia scored an victory over India to win the Gold. Singapore had secured their Bronze medal after yesterday loss to Malaysia in the Semi Finals.

ASAF Meeting

The representatives of the Asian Sailing Federation met today to decide on the future of sailing in Asia and unanimously agreed to amend the ASAF Constitution as proposed by Singapore, Oman and Malaysia. Korea the host nation for the 16th Asian Sailing Championships in 2013 and the 17th Asian Games in 2014 presented its plan to the Assembly. Present at the meeting was Mr David Kellet of ISAF, who interacted with members and placed before them the ISAF perspective of sailing in Asia.
Ajay Narang
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